YA Author Spotlight: Rainbow Rowell

Librarian Katie Nye shares her picks for realistic fiction

I know. I should be recommending spooky reads, gory thrillers, and other Halloween-y type stuff. ‘Tis the season, after all.

However, after reading two gorgeous novels -- Fangirl and Eleanor and Park -- by YA author Rainbow Rowell, I have to eschew the creepy books and recommend a dose of realistic fiction.

Eleanor & Park Eleanor & Park is the story of burgeoning love, told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Eleanor, an outsider with a difficult home life, and Park, a geeky Korean kid with a penchant for comic books.

Together they navigate high school and each other in mid-80’s Nebraska, and Rowell perfectly captures the heartache of first love through the voices of her amazing protagonists.
Fangirl Twin sisters Wren and Cath grew up writing popular fan fiction together about Simon Snow, a boy wizard whisked off to a magical school (sound familiar?). Now the girls are starting college, and Wren is ready to carve out her own niche, while Cath still longs for the comfort and familiarity of her twin.

Interspersed with sections of fan fiction written by Wren and Cath, Fangirl is a story about growing up without growing apart.


So if you need a break from witchy boarding schools, vampire/werewolf love stories, and zombies running amok, definitely check out these two great reads!

-- Katie